In our view, there are only two reasons to do a commercial vehicle alignment: the first is to improve tire wear and the second is to achieve safe and proper handling of a commercial truck and trailer. In our experience, 70% of all steer tire wear problems originate from the drive axles. Industry experts estimate that 70-80 percent of Class 8 trucks on the road today have alignment problems. With these numbers in mind, industry experts recommend an annual commercial vehicle alignment inspection. We complete class 8 truck alignment and tire inspections free of charge* for fleets of five or more.
Tires and fuel are two of the highest maintenance costs for a commercial fleet. Improper alignment causes premature tire wear and rolling resistance that will lead to decreased fuel economy. Driver fatigue caused by improper alignment is a factor that can impact safety, as well as, employee satisfaction. Industry experts estimate the savings of proper alignment could pay dividends in excess of $1500 per year.
* For a fleet of minimum size of 5 trucks. Initial inspection only.
Our Service Speaks for Itself
We have a wealth of experience with providing tire fleet surveys to our customers. Our customers use these surveys as a report card to evaluate the overall tire conditions of the fleet and areas that can be improved. We use these surveys as a foundation towards our dedication to reduce the overall tire and related cost for our commercial customers. The surveys and fleet cost analysis typically identify fleet tire cost savings of 15% and fuel savings in excess of 1.5%.
Safety is our top priority when it comes to our professional service capabilities. All of our technicians are TIA trained and skilled in all tire safety procedures including lockout tag out and fastener cleaning and torque.
“The clamping force created by fasteners is what allows wheels to function properly. All fasteners are intended to stretch slightly when tightened. This stretch is measured indirectly by the torque (measured in foot-pounds) required to turn the fastener.
If the wheel fastener is not tightened properly, the wheel may loosen, resulting in wheel damage or, in worst case, the wheel separating from the vehicle – a wheel-off. The consequences of a wheel-off can be staggering: liability claims have run into the millions” – Tire Review – Rich Ashley.
Whether your concerned about up time, cost control, driver satisfaction or safety, you can be assured Patridge Tires and Service is your one source for complete satisfaction guaranteed.